A Cape May County man was sentenced to five years in state prison for soliciting a 14-year-old Canadian girl to send him sexually explicit images of herself, New Jersey authorities said Friday.
Shawn Patrick Rose, Jr. must also register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law and be subject to lifetime parole, according to the state Attorney General’s Office. The 22-year-old Woodbine man pleaded guilty in October to manufacturing child pornography and impairing or debauching the morals of a child for his chats with the Canadian teen.
New Jersey authorities began investigating Rose based on a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which reported that an online hosting company found a customer who was uploading child pornography, officials said.
Detectives traced the illicit uploads to Rose’s account, IP address and email, according to authorities. Investigators also discovered Rose chatted with underage girls, including another 14-year-old from South Carolina.
A full forensic examination of Rose’s cell phone revealed sexually explicit files of the 14-year-old victim in Canada, authorities said. Those messages were sent on social media and involved explicit images. Rose was arrested May 11, 2017 when detectives with the state’s Division of Criminal Justice searched his home.
“Through this interstate and international investigation, we uncovered an online child predator who, in addition to uploading child pornography, was sexually exploiting underage girls he met on social media,” New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a statement. “This case is a cautionary tale for parents, who need to speak to their children about predators like Rose who use social media and chat apps to manipulate victims.”
Rose pleaded to contributing to the delinquency of a minor in South Carolina and served 700 days in jail there after being arrested in New Jersey.
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